Simone Biles added another title to her growing collection, taking her first AT&T American Cup all-around crown in front of home state fans in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday.
Biles, 17 and the two-time reigning World all-around champion, posted the highest score on all four events. She totaled 62.299 points, winning by 4.467 over countrywoman MyKayla Skinner. (full results here)
“A lot of friends and family haven’t gotten to see me compete live in a couple of years, so it’s really exciting,” Biles, a Spring, Texas, native, said on NBC.
Biles made one obvious mistake, losing her balance on the balance beam, but she didn’t fall. Her margin of victory blew away the previous American Cup women’s record of 2.434 (under the Code of Points system, since 2006).
In 2013, Biles was second at the American Cup in her senior-level debut. She missed the 2014 American Cup with a shoulder injury.
This year’s competition, Biles’ first since winning four golds at the World Championships in October, did not include her top rivals from the last two years — American Kyla Ross, Romanian Larisa Iordache and Russian Aliya Mustafina.
On the men’s side, Ukraine’s Oleg Vernyayev defeated Japan’s Ryohei Kato by .499.
Americans Donnell Whittenburg and Sam Mikulak were third and fourth (full results here). Whittenburg, 20, led after five of six rotations but was passed on the high bar, which is a weak event for the powerful Baltimore native.
Mikulak, the two-time reigning U.S. champion and the 2014 American Cup winner, fell on his first two routines — floor exercise and pommel horse.
Five-time World all-around champion Kohei Uchimura was not in the field.
The gymnastics season continues with the Jesolo Trophy in Italy in three weeks. Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman could be assigned there by USA Gymnastics, which would mark the first competition for both since they won two gold medals each at the London 2012 Olympics.